Seneca County

$20,000 grant announced, award winners named at TSEP annual meeting

More than $56 million in investments made in 2019

TIFFIN, OHIO – February 27, 2020 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership held its Annual Meeting Feb. 27, 2020, at Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center. The event celebrated the successes of 2019 in the areas of Commercial and Industrial Development, Downtown Tiffin, Workforce Development, Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Community Development.

There were many projects from 2019 highlighted at the event. In 2019, there was $56.7 million in announced investment and 445 new jobs created, 37 rural projects assisted and 17 community development and industrial projects announced or completed.

Downtown Main Street Manager Amy Reinhart announced that Downtown Tiffin received a $20,000 Heritage Ohio Main Street Program Grant. The program is designed to enhance the development and revitalization of downtown business districts in Ohio’s Main Street Communities. Funds from the grant are to be used for the downtown Tiffin Facade Enhancement Grant Program. Since it was launched in 2014, the façade program has had 85 projects for a total investment of $2.5 million in Downtown Tiffin. 

Also during the event, the TSEP Awards were presented to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the recognition.

Award winners at the 2019 annual meeting include:

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Church & Dwight to invest $38 million in Seneca County

Adding up to 60 jobs at Old Fort plant

OLD FORT, Ohio – February 11, 2020 – Church & Dwight Co., Inc., has announced that it will invest $38 million at its facility in the village of Old Fort, Ohio, for expansion of consumer products manufacturing and construction of a new warehouse. Final approval for the project is contingent upon the receipt of state and local incentives; if approved, construction is expected to be completed in 2020, and the company would be hiring up to 60 new employees.

Plant Manager David Johnston said: “I’m very pleased that Church & Dwight chose the Old Fort facility as the site of this expansion and continues to invest in our workers and our community. Old Fort was in consideration with plants in Missouri and Pennsylvania. The state and local incentives along with an available workforce helped to push us ahead. Thank you to everyone who helped us win the investment in Seneca County.”

The $4.3 billion consumer goods and specialty products giant established their Old Fort facility in 1980. Today, Church & Dwight employs 240 people locally at its plant in Old Fort and a warehouse distribution center in Fostoria, Ohio, and ranks as one of the largest sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) manufacturing plants in the world. In 2016, Church & Dwight had a $2.5 million expansion of the Old Fort plant.

“That Church & Dwight chose Seneca County for this expansion just goes to show what a dedicated workforce we have here in our community,” said Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas. “Congratulations to David Johnston and everyone at the Old Fort plant for their hard work and continuing to be a great local partner.”

Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership (TSEP) and Regional Growth Partnership in Northwest Ohio (RGP) worked with consultant MarksNelson to bring this project to Ohio. Local incentives include an Enterprise Zone property tax exemption on new construction and OhioMeansJobs-Seneca County is offering up to $380,000 in potential workforce development grants. These incentives are contingent upon approval of Old Fort Local School District, Pleasant Township Trustees and Seneca County Board of Commissioners.

At the state level, JobsOhio offered an estimated $530,000 in state incentives through RGP, including a JobsOhio Economic Development Grant, JobsOhio Workforce Grant and additional value in an Ohio Job Creation Tax Credit received during a previous project. Additionally, the Ohio Rail Development Commission has committed $75,000 in grant funds to revamp rail infrastructure currently in Church and Dwight’s yard to allow access to additional unloading areas.

Dean Monske, President and CEO of RGP, commented: “We are proud to see this project take place in Northwest Ohio and are happy to have been on the team helping to make this happen.”

About Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Founded in 1846, Church & Dwight is a $4.3 billion company headquartered in Ewing, New Jersey, that is one of the fastest growing Consumer Packaged Goods companies in the world. Church & Dwight was added to the S&P 500 in 2016. The Company manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products, with such brands as Arm & Hammer, Trojan, First Response, Nair, Spinbrush, Oxi-Clean, Orajel, Xtra, WaterPik, Batiste, Vitafusion, Flawless and more.  Find out more at www.churchdwight.com.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.org.

4CG opens wage and benefit surveys

Surveys focus on citizens, business owners

TIFFIN, OHIO – Dec. 17, 2019 – Economic development and workforce development organizations in Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties representing the partnership of the 4CG initiative have announced the openings of two surveys to gather information on wages and benefits for the region’s workforce. This is the first wage survey of Seneca County employers since at least 2005.

The wage and benefit survey is being conducted with the goal of improving local industries’ competitiveness for skilled labor. The surveys are focused on citizens/employees (https://tinyurl.com/4CGCitizenSurvey) and industry/business owners/plant managers (https://tinyurl.com/4CGOwnerSurvey). Employers should encourage their employees to fill out the survey.

4CG represents the 4 County Group 4 Collaborative Growth. The group began working together six years ago to collectively address the region’s workforce challenges. To date, the group has completed a SWOT analysis and industry specific focus groups on manufacturing, healthcare, tourism/service/travel, transportation/logistics, Davis Besse, agriculture and education

Following the survey, the plan calls for the identification and recommendation of partnerships with potential training partners. Final analysis and strategies based on the SWOT analysis, focus groups and surveys are to be provided to 4CG by May 2020 and will then be released to the public.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

American Plastics investing in Seneca County facility

Company investing $3.5 million, adding 138 jobs by end of 2019

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 24, 2019American Plastics, a premier plastic injection molding company located just south of Tiffin, Ohio, has announced that it will be investing a total of $3.5 million and hiring more than 130 workers by the end of 2019.

The new investment and job creation is due to both the acquisition of the former Katy Industries facility by Highview Capital in 2018 and the additional business to produce plastic shelving and totes under the Craftsman brand label for Lowe’s.

American Plastics’ Tiffin facility will be the sole manufacturer of shelving for the Craftsman brand, to be available at the more than 1,500 Lowe’s stores in North America. The plant currently specializes in the production of plastic shelving and plastic totes, including the Commander and Blue Hawk name brands for Lowe’s; Husky for Home Depot; and Tough Box for Sam’s Club. American Plastics has 14 other facilities throughout the United States, including facilities in Sycamore, Findlay and Arizona.

This announcement represents a commitment to a second, $2.5 million phase of investment in new tooling at the 68,000-square-foot Hopewell Township plant, adding to the completion of $1 million investment in equipment and facility upgrades in 2018. Company employment, which was 27 at the beginning of 2018, is expected to reach or exceed 165 by the end of 2019, representing a net 138 job increase.

Joe Roth, Plant Manager for American Plastics in Tiffin, commented: “This is a huge positive step forward for our operations here and represents both the company’s bright future and the quality of our workforce.  We contribute our growth and success to our dedicated team, innovation, quality and customer relationships.  I only see this getting stronger as we grow along side with the City of Tiffin.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was impressed by the company during a visit there in early 2019. “This major expansion represents another example of the great economic momentum we are seeing in the greater Tiffin area across all sectors, including manufacturing.”

Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas praised the project: “This is a huge win for Seneca County, and we look forward to seeing their continued success.”

About American Plastics

American Plastics, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative plastic-injection molded products for the household and garage storage and commercial cleaning end-markets. The company maintains a national manufacturing and distribution footprint with 15 state-of-the-art facilities across North America, making us the partner-of-choice for our customers, nationwide.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.com.

Bascom Communications announces $1.7 million investment

Extends high-speed services south and east of Tiffin

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 27, 2019 – Bascom Communications of Bascom, Ohio, has announced an investment of $1.7 million into their fiber and fixed wireless services for 2019, bringing their two-year total investment to $2.8 million. These investments have helped Bascom extend services to customers south and east of Tiffin who previously were not able to get high-speed internet.

Some of the upgrades were possible due to the company’s investment in the fiber communications system that improves the reliability of communications among the dispatch centers at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Tiffin and Fostoria police departments and the emergency operations center at the Public Safety Building. In March 2018, Seneca County signed a 20-year, $719,000 lease on several strands of the company’s fiber ring to create a private network for the county.

“There’s a need out there and that’s what we’re trying to hit,” said Nate Brickner, General Manager/CEO of Bascom Communications. “We are a rural company, and we’ve always tried to do our part to close the rural-urban divide.”

Bascom Communications was formed in 1906 by a group of farmers wanting to bring voice services to rural Tiffin and Fostoria. In 1953, it became a co-operative company, and since 2000, the company has returned more than $4.7 million in capital credit refunds to its membership. In 2003, they began offering a fiber optic connection directly into members’ homes and businesses and in 2018, they became a certified gig-capable provider by NTCA. Bascom Communications was the recipient of the Outstanding Business Award at the TSEP 2019 Annual Meeting March 7, 2019.

Seneca County Board of Commissioners President Shayne Thomas congratulated Bascom Communications on this investment. “It is great to see a local company continuing to invest in Seneca County. They have been a great partner for the county.”

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.org.

Four-county group collaborates on workforce challenges

Press released provided through partnership with 4CG

June 24, 2019 — Economic development and workforce development organizations in Huron, Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties are partnering together under the 4CG initiative. 4CG represents the 4 County Group 4 Collaborative Growth.  The group began working together six years ago to collectively address the region’s workforce challenges.

Initially, 4CG focused its efforts on Manufacturing Month (October) with manufacturing bus tours for educators, speaker events, and manufacturing/career showcases.  These showcase events provide the opportunity for 9th grade students and school leaders to experience today’s work environment and skill sets through interactive stations designed by local manufacturers, businesses, and skilled trade organizations. 

Recently, Huron, Sandusky and Seneca Counties came together to support Ottawa County in the development of a Rapid Response Plan to address the potential closure of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant. Out of this plan, the counties will begin a comprehensive workforce analysis, with wage and benefit information and strategic priorities developed to assist potential impacted employees and local employers within this labor shed. 

This analysis and plan project has received support from the Area 7 Workforce Development Board and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services.  Phase I of the project (the workforce analysis and wage and benefit survey) is fully funded and was awarded to consulting firm, Poggemeyer Design Group with subcontracted services through Bowling Green State University Center for Regional Development.    4CG’s consultant, Poggemeyer, will provide assistance in obtaining funding for Phase II of the project implementation, thereby minimizing the need for financial assistance from the economic development organizations, counties, communities, and businesses.

SkillsUSA Names 24 Schools as National Models of Excellence

The Vanguard Tech Center Honored as America’s Top SkillsUSA Program for 2019

Press release provided by Vanguard Sentinel Career & Technology Centers

Fremont, Ohio: — SkillsUSA recently named 24 SkillsUSA chapters as Models of Excellence for 2019. At the top level of SkillsUSA’s Chapter Excellence Program, these schools are recognized for the exceptional integration and application of personal, workplace and technical skills in their SkillsUSA chapter activities. This is the highest award bestowed on chapters by SkillsUSA, which is one of the largest student organizations for career and technical education. Vanguard Sentinel Career & Technology Centers (VSCTC) is excited to announce their Fremont campus (The Vanguard Tech Center) earned Model of Excellence for workplace skills.

“The Models of Excellence program represents the very best in chapter achievement and community involvement,” said Timothy W. Lawrence, executive director of SkillsUSA. “These students represent our future workforce and reflect the future of their communities. This is a tremendous honor for each school and validates these outstanding SkillsUSA programs as some of the best in the nation.”

As an honoree, VSCTC will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 24-28. Activities include finalist interviews, an awards dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum, and recognition at the SkillsUSA awards ceremony in front of more than 12,000 students, instructors and business leaders. The Chapter Excellence Program is provided in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and Crescent Tools, a premier hand-tool brand from Apex Tool Group.

“We are honored to be part of this program,” said Curt Weber, senior director of brand management for Apex Tool Group. “These students possess the skills that every employer seeks, including leadership, initiative, communication, teamwork and problem solving. Their SkillsUSA instructors take the education of these students to the next level by elevating it from classroom instruction to successful application.” 

Other Ohio schools receiving the 2019 Models of Excellence award recognition include Buckeye Hills Career Center and Upper Valley Career Center.

The Chapter Excellence Program promotes the intentional learning of personal skills, workplace skills and technical skills grounded in academics, as outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework for student development. Specific characteristics defined within each skill area help ensure tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by the effectiveness of students’ efforts in implementing essential workplace skills including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The hands-on approach of this program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

About Vanguard Sentinel Career & Technology Centers

Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers have been providing quality career technical education since 1968.  The district provides students with specific, marketable skills to begin a career, pursue further training or attend college.  For more information, visit www.vsctc.org.  

About SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a nonprofit partnership of education and industry to strengthen our nation’s skilled workforce. Driven by employer demand, SkillsUSA helps students develop necessary personal and workplace skills along with technical skills grounded in academics. This SkillsUSA Framework empowers every student to succeed at work and in life, while helping to close the “skills gap” in which millions of positions go unfilled. Through SkillsUSA’s championships program and curricula, employers have long ensured schools are teaching relevant technical skills, and with SkillsUSA’s new credentialing process, they can now assess how ready potential employees are for the job. SkillsUSA has more than 360,000 annual members nationwide in high schools, colleges and middle schools, covering over 130 trade, technical and skilled service occupations, and is recognized by the U.S. departments of Education and Labor as integral to career and technical education. For more information: www.skillsusa.org

2019 TSEP Award Winners

The TSEP Awards are presented each year at the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership Annual Meeting to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the particular recognition.

This year’s meeting was March 7, 2019 and the following six awards were presented. Click the links below for additional information and a video about each award winner.

Jobs Seneca County Facebook page now open

Service connects employers to potential job seekers

TIFFIN, OHIO – March 6, 2019 – The North Central Ohio Educational Service Center Business Advisory Council (NCOESC BAC) announced today that they are launching a new Facebook group to promote employment opportunities in Seneca County on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The group is called Jobs Seneca County and will promote available jobs, employers, and hiring events throughout Seneca County.

Council Chair Amy Wood is pleased with the effort. “Our Council’s purpose is to align the work of NCOESC BAC participating school districts in response to the needs of businesses. Jobs Seneca County will expose students and the community to viable career opportunities locally, increasing student and business success.”

For the first time and without cost, all job creators in Seneca County will be able to directly connect with potential employees using social media. Employers can post available jobs themselves, which then are reviewed by one of four site administrators to ensure that information is posted in a timely fashion and only positions in Seneca County are being advertised. There are currently 48 jobs listed on the site with links to OhioMeansJobs.com with job descriptions and applications.

“There are always jobs available, so we are doing anything we can to spread the word and get that information to potential job seekers,” said Carol Kern, Co-Chair of the Business Coordinating Committee of the NCOESC BAC and Business Services Consultant with OhioMeansJobs Seneca County.

In addition, the site soon is to feature videos produced to highlight area employers and their workplace culture, showing why people like working there. Events also will be featured on the site, such as hiring events and job fairs relevant to Seneca County residents. A hiring event is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. March 11 at OhioMeansJobs Seneca County, 900 E. CR 20, Tiffin.

For more information, visit Jobs Seneca County’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jobssenecacounty or contact Kern at 419.447.5011 x322 or Carol.Owen@jfs.ohio.gov to also hear about other OhioMeansJobs services, such as resume searches and wage reimbursement programs.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at http://www.tiffinseneca.com.

Seneca County ranks 14th nationally for economic development

Community ranked in top 20 for seven years

TIFFIN, OHIO – MARCH 4, 2019 – Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and the Fostoria Economic Development Corp. announced today that Seneca County has placed No. 14 nationally in Site Selection magazine’s rankings for large, private economic development projects out of the 576 micropolitans in the US for the honor. Site Selection has been annually ranking states and cities since 1978.

This is the seventh year in a row that the Tiffin-Seneca micropolitan area has ranked in the top 100 nationally; last year Seneca County was ranked No. 10. Qualifying projects must involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 20 new jobs or add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz was very pleased with the result. “This national ranking shows that Tiffin continues to be a great place for business to locate and grow. We are proud to be recognized again by Site Selection Magazine.” Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler agreed, “I’m proud that Fostoria and Seneca County continue to be a great place to do business.” Seneca County Commission President Shayne Thomas added: “I’m happy to see Seneca County place nationally for business development. I want to thank everyone involved in our shared success.”

This year, Ohio ranked as the number two state for development projects and the entire Northwest Ohio region posted strong numbers, with Findlay taking the number one micropolitan slot, Defiance taking the eight spot, Fremont-Sandusky placing 19, and Toledo ranking third in its metropolitan division.

“There are (576) micropolitians in the United states of America. … Of the 18 communities (in Ohio) that ranked on the list, five were right here in Northwest Ohio. This is a feat that few other regions in the country can match,” said Dean Monske, President & CEO of RGP Northwest Ohio in Toledo, the regional economic development organization for Northwest Ohio.

More information can be found at siteselection.com.

About the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership

Started in 1983 as the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC), the Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.tiffinseneca.com.

About the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation

Established in 1956 as the Fostoria Community Industrial Association, the Fostoria Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Fostoria and surrounding area in Hancock, Wood, and Seneca Counties, which consistently rank among the top counties nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Fostoria at www.fostoriaedc.org.